Stena Line to operate the long E-Flexers on Karlskrona-Gdnyia

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As a response to increased customer demand in the Baltic Sea South region, Stena Line will launch its two new “long” E-Flexer ferries on the route between Karlskrona and Gdynia.

  • First in July 2022, second in November 2022
  • Both were originally planned to be deployed on the route between Nynäshamn (Sweden) and Ventspils (Latvia)
  • Length: 240 meters
  • Capacity: 1,200 passengers and 3,600 freight lane meters

The recently lengthened and modernised STENA SCANDIA and STENA BALTICA will continue to serve the route between Nynäshamn and Ventspils.

Current ships on Karlskrona-Gdynia: STENA GOTHICA, -VINGA, -VISION, -SPIRIT,

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E-Flexer on Rosslare-Bilbao better for Irish tourism

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The French company has confirmed the introduction of a more tourism-oriented ferry GALICIA on to its Rosslare – Bilbao route from November 2022. (E-flexer, built 2020)

Currently the Rosslare-Bilbao route is served by ropax CONNEMARA, a predominantly freight vessel with limited facilities for holidaymakers.

In 2019, Ireland welcomed 431,000 Spanish visitors to the island.

The visit to Rosslare followed on from an earlier announcement that the twice-weekly service from Cork to France, which was launched earlier this year, will become a permanent feature of Brittany Ferries’ sailing schedule.

DFDS March figures

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  • Freight lane metres: +5.9% or 43.6 million (last 12 months)
  • Total volumes in March 2022 were 0.3% above 2021 (on level adjusted for route changes) as higher volumes in North Sea, Mediterranean, and Channel were offset by lower volumes in Baltic Sea.
  • North Sea volumes were slightly above 2021.
  • Volumes in the Mediterranean network were overall well above 2021.
  • Towards the end of March, volumes on the English Channel routes were increased due to the suspension of sailings of P&O Ferries.
  • Baltic Sea volumes were below 2021 due to the war in Ukraine. Volumes were also impacted by reduced capacity on a route where one ferry was removed.

Passenger ferries

  • The number of passengers continued to increase in March as travel restrictions were rolled back.
  • The number of passengers increased more than four hundred percent to 134k equal to 49% of the number of passengers in March 2019, the latest comparable month pre-Covid-19.
  • Volumes primarily increased between Norway and Denmark as well as on the Channel.
  • For the last twelve months 2022-21, the total number of passengers was 1.1m compared to 1.0m in 2021-20 and 5.1m in 2019, the latter being the latest pre-Covid-19 year.

Tallinn-Stockholm route with only one Tallink vessel until the end of 2022

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Tallink Grupp has decided not to add a second vessel to the Tallinn-Stockholm route in 2022 as originally planned. The route will continue to be operated by the company’s vessel BALTIC QUEEN and the departures from Tallinn and Stockholm will take place every other day.

VICTORIA I, which was due to join BALTIC QUEEN on the route from early June this year, will currently remain suspended in Port of Tallinn once it finishes its current replacement service on the Tallinn-Helsinki route on 21 April.

Golden Star Ferries’ ANDROS QUEEN arrived in Greece

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On April 12, 2022, Golden Star Ferries’ new acquisition ANDROS QUEEN (former SILVER QUEEN) arrived at the port of Piraeus, following a 28-day journey from Japan.

The ship was purchased from Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen (Silver Ferry) on February 9, 2022 and delivered on March 9. She will be converted at Perama repair zone and expected to be ready for service on early 2023, possibly on the Rafina-Andros-Tinos-Mykonos line.

This photo and more photos on voyagair.shipspotting (Christos Chatzaras on Instagram)

SAOS Ferries’ MISHI renamed THE LADY

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On April 10, 2022, SAOS Ferries announced that its latest acquisition ferry MISHI (former MISHIMA) will be renamed THE LADY.

She was purchased from Mishima Mura (M-Line) in June 2021 and currently undergoing a major conversion at Drapetsona Repair Zone to carry 700 passengers and 150 cars.

She is expected to be introduced on the Dodecanese inter-island service.

Scandlines hires new CFO

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Jesper Mikkelsen Heilbuth will take up the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on July 1, 2022, and join the shipping company’s executive board, reporting to CEO Carsten Nørland.

As CFO, Jesper Mikkelsen Heilbuth assumes responsibility for all Group functions in the areas of Finance, Treasury, IT, and Procurement.

Jesper Mikkelsen Heilbuth is 45 years old and since 2020 Group CFO and member of the management board of the international food group A. Espersen A/S. He is a certified public accountant and began his career in the auditing and consulting firm KPMG, after which he spent 10 years as Vice President, Head of Group Finance & Tax at the shipping and logistics company DFDS.

Jesper Mikkelsen Heilbuth replaces Per Johannesen Madsen, who in February 2022 announced his decision to leave the shipping company after 10 years as CFO.

Interferry: call for conference papers

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Interferry has launched a call for papers addressing the ‘Power and People’ themes of its 46th annual conference taking place in Seattle, USA, this October.

Under the Power theme, presentations are invited on any sustainable, future-proof vessel powering options and the related challenges – notably the regulatory targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions of some 50% by 2030 and a ‘net zero’ scenario by 2050.

The People sessions aim to explore issues facing operators regarding staffing and succession planning, with particular attention to training and retention at a time when the maritime sector, like all industries, is facing an acute shortage of skilled labour.

Financing of Havila Voyages’ ships in jeopardy

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On Friday, April 8th, the EU extended sanctions against Russian companies. GTLK, the owner of the leasing company in Hong Kong that has financed HAVILA CAPELLA, is among the sanctioned companies.

Havila Voyages assumes that the sanctions will prevent GTLK from carrying out the financing of the three remaining vessels being built at the Tersan shipyard in Turkey.

“We support sanctions against Russia in this dire situation the world is in and are now working to refinance HAVILA CAPELLA to break all ties with sanctioned and Russian-owned companies”, says CEO Bent Martini at Havila Voyages.

“Havila Capella is the only one of our ships that is financed and leased from GTLK. The remaining ships are owned by the Tersan shipyard until we take delivery of them”.

HAVILA CAPELLA is awaiting approval from the Norwegian authorities to sail. Il it cannot sail on Thursday April 14, the whole 11-day voyage will be cancelled. This will be decided on Thursday April 14, noon time.

After two years, passengers can travel again between Morocco and Spain

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The re-opening of the borders between Morocco and Spain has become effective on April 12 (only passengers), and from April 18 with vehicles.

The news comes after Morocco closed air and sea connections with Spain and its land borders with the enclaves of Ceuta on March 13, 2020 as a measure against the coronavirus.

The re-establishment of passenger traffic is expected to create a lot of movements in the coming months.

Despite the previously existing restrictions, some ships continued to connect Morocco and Spain, through the Strait of Gibraltar, thus guaranteeing the flow of cargo between the two countries. 

Africa Morocco Link


  • On Tuesday April 12, Baleària reopened passenger transport on the Algeciras-Tanger Med and Almería-Nador lines.
  • As of April 18th, vehicles will be welcome too.
  • The Sète-Nador route will open on April 17th for passengers and vehicles.
  • Algeciras-Tanger Med: four daily return crossings with POETA LÓPEZ ANGLADA.
  • Almería-Nador: four weekly return crossings with WASA EXPRESS.
  • Sète­-Nador: two weekly return crossings with REGINA BALTICA.


  • Until now, only the Ceuta-Algeciras pedestrian route had been operational.
  • Routes opening 12/18 April: Algeciras-Tanger Med and Tarifa-Tangier Ville.


  • Resumed services on Algeciras-Ceuta and Algeciras-Tanger Med.